By Shannon Hale
Why this book?
Ahhh, a fun modernization of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! I’m biased, of course, because I’m such a huge Austen geek and have been obsessed with Mr. Darcy since I was 14, but it was incredibly easy to relate to the heroine of Hale’s lighthearted novel. The protagonist—aptly named “Jane”—believes no man she encounters can ever compare to the literary rendition of Mr. Darcy. (Well, who could?) But what makes this story so enjoyable is seeing the way our heroine’s visit to the fictional "Austenland" resort plays out on the page, and how experiences by the characters in this fabricated Regency-era setting still have plenty of parallels—both to the classic novel and to modern-day life. It’s pure, delightful comedy.
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